Islamabad: After being banned by European and US aviation agents, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is negotiating with private airlines to operate charter flights for Pakistanis stranded in Europe and the US.
After the agreement is sealed, the private airline can use PIA aircraft and operate charter flights to bring back Pakistanis.
According to a PIA spokesperson, given the current restrictions, much is being planned and the PIA is paying attention to Pakistanis abroad who live in various European countries and also in the US.
They were stranded there because of COVID-19 or wanted to return to Pakistan for the Eid holiday.
PM reiterates determination to return all Pakistanis
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday in a tweet reiterated his government’s determination to bring the Pakistani community stranded abroad due to the corona virus. Already, we have brought about 250,000 Pakistani and foreign workers from various countries, the PM tweeted.
“Despite major disruptions in global air travel, we have fulfilled our promise to bring back displaced Pakistanis and our workers abroad. 250,000 Pakistanis from all over the world have been brought home. My government will continue to support Pakistanis abroad in every way, “Imran said in his tweet. https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1284387893876842497
Pakistan from 70 countries have returned home
The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant (SAPM) on National Security, Dr. Moeed Yousuf, met with Imran and told him that more than 225,000 displaced Pakistanis had been repatriated to Pakistan so far from 70 countries as part of an operation launched in April this year .
A statement issued from the Prime Minister’s Office quoted SAPM as saying: “The government is fulfilling the prime minister’s commitment to repatriate Pakistanis who are stranded in various countries in the world due to flight suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Imran has also been quoted as saying: “Every Pakistani living in any part of the world is our responsibility and the government will try to fulfill it.”
Omani aircraft allow six flights to Pakistani cities
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given permission to the Oman-based airline, Salam Air, to operate six flights from Muscat to five cities in Pakistan. Flights will be operated from 18 July to 24 July.
Salam Air has asked the CAA to allow special flights to repatriate Pakistanis from Muscat.
According to a schedule agreed by the CAA, Salam Air will operate its first flight from Muscat to Karachi on July 18, to Sialkot on July 19, to Multan on July 20 and to Islamabad on July 22. Salam Air will operate flights from Muscat to Peshawar on July 23 and to Lahore on July 24, 2020.
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